Britain's David Haye retained his European cruiserweight crown and set up a potential WBC title fight with a superb stoppage of Giacobbe Fragomeni.
Haye has won 18 of his 19 professional fights
Fragomeni, 37, looked to be heading for victory at London's York Hall after cutting Haye in the sixth round.
But a bloodied Haye dramatically broke through the Italian's defences in the ninth round, finally flooring his man in a flurry of punches.
The Briton is now in line to take on WBC king O'Neil Bell in 2007.
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Haye had waited seven years for the opportunity to turn the tables on Fragomeni, who controversially out-pointed him as an amateur in the final qualifying tournament for the Sydney Games.
"It was the type of fight I needed," said Haye before having his eye stitched. "It's fights like this you need from time to time.
"I will be straight back in the gym. There are a couple of flaws I need to sort out, but I will be back in the new year and look forward to my world title fight.
"I knew he was going to be a really tough opponent - and he was."